video technology

Changing Faces

Changing Faces

Today you can download software that uses machine learning to perform a convincing digital video face-swap. The video is called a deepfake. It can stitch the eyes of one person onto the face of another person doing lip-sync karaoke. It isn’t perfect yet, but it could...

Repair Corrupted Video Files

The first step in trying to repair corrupted video files is to view the technical and tag data of that file. The best way to do that is with a free, open-source program called MediaInfo. This program provides a unified display of the most relevant technical and tag...

Photoshop For Audio

Photoshop For Audio

Two years ago Adobe demonstrated a program that can edit speech just like you can edit text, but it can also add new speech. The program is called VoCo. It ingests speech, breaks it down to basic elements and then creates new words and sentences from scratch. So you...

The VLC 3.0 Revolution

The VLC 3.0 Revolution

We've been recommending VLC for a while here. Whether it is for converting video files, recording a webcam, screen recording or other video tasks VLC is a much better media player than Windows Media Player and Apple Quick Time. VLC can play virtually any video format....

The Log vs the LUT

The Log vs the LUT

Last week in our review of the Nikon D850 I said I'd address the topic of Log vs LUT. What is a Log as opposed to a LUT (Look Up Table)? A simple explanation is that a log is a way to record video in a specific way. Then in post you can apply the corresponding LUT...

8 x 10 Video Camera

8 x 10 Video Camera

I just completed designing and building an 8×10 video camera, the first in the world that I know of. Essentially its off-axis reimaging of a projected image. It’s a bit like IMAX, but waaaaay bigger. – Zev Hoover Before you get too excited, the camera is indeed an 8 x...